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Glossary of Procedures
BandingThe process of cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.
BondingThe process of attaching brackets to your teeth using a special, safe tooth adhesive.
Cephalometric X-rayAn x-ray of the head that shows the lateral relationship of your teeth and jaws to each other and to the rest of your facial structures.
ConsultationA meeting with your orthodontist and our staff. We generally take photos and any necessary x-rays to allow for a thorough diagnosis. Your Health History will be reviewed prior to a detailed examination. If orthodontics is recommended, treatment will be discussed and a written estimate will be given.
DebandingThe removal of cemented/bonded orthodontic bands/brackets.
Extraoral PhotographsFacial photos taken by Dr. Koen or her staff.
ImpressionsThe first step in making a model of your teeth. You bite into a tray filled with a soft rubbery material. That material hardens to a stiff, rubbery consistency producing a mold of your teeth.
lnterceptive TreatmentTwo-phase orthodontic treatment is an alternative to a single-phase treatment with full braces, which normally occurs once the eruption of all permanent teeth has occurred. Although interceptive orthodontic treatment does not eliminate the need for full braces during adolescence, its advantages include the following:
- Reduces the need for extraction of permanent teeth through the guidance of tooth eruption in moderately crowded situations
- Reduces the need to compensate for jaw differences by tooth movement alone
- Maximizes the opportunity to utilize growth for severe jaw discrepancies
- Reduces the potential of injury to protrusive front teeth
- Enhanced self-image resulting from facial and dental improvements
- The ultimate success of interceptive treatment depends on two key elements: growth and cooperation